Ghana proved too strong for South Africa

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By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Nov. 15,
GNA – Two briliant goals from each half ensured that the Black Stars of Ghana
begin their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign with an
emphatic 2-0 win over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Cape Coast Stadium
on Thursday.

The Stars were
hoping to bring back smiles on the faces of Ghanaians after their abysmal
performance at the 2019 AFCON, which saw them exit in the competition at the
1/16th  stage.

The cheering fans
had to wait until the 35th minutes for midfielder, Thomas Partey to
open the scoring with a superb long range shot to the left corner to give Ghana
the lead.

The South Africans
started the game on a brighter note and nearly got the opener in the 15th
minutes of the game when number Bradly Grobler’s short range shot from a set
piece went over the bar.

The visitors were
forced to make an early substituion with Thapelo Morenax replacing injured
Bongani Zungu in the 26th minutes.

They continued to
play some fine footbal and enjoyed much of the possession in the first half but
could not restore parity as the first half eneded 1-0 in favour of the Black
Stars.

The Stars started
the second half strongly with striker Jordan Ayew showing some briliant
display, but could not double as he could not utilise the series of  goal scoring opportunities that came his way.

Substitute Mohammed
Kudus made no mistake and pulled a screamer to the top right coner of the post
to make it 2-0 for Ghana after a defensive blunder from a South African central
defender, Thamsanqa Mkhize with ten minutes to stopage time.

Ghana then controled
the game from then until the Algerian refereee, Mustapha Gaba blew his whistle
to bring the game to an end.

Speaking after the
match, Head Coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah expressed satisfaction with
the performabce of his players especially the young ones.

On the other hand,
the South African coach, Molefi Ntseki was also happy with the performance of
his players and expressed the confidence that they could make amends in their
next match against Sudan.

Ghana would face Sao
Tome and Princip on Monday November 18, 2019.

GNA

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